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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What’s Your Decorating Style

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We all have style preferences. Each of us dress with our own flair, expressing our personalities.  We all have certain food preferences, and we all have different tastes when it comes to our home’s decor. Some of us prefer new homes with wide open spaces, while others like the look, feel and charm of an old home. What we put inside of our home also says a lot about us. Did you know that there are actual decorating style names?

Throughout the years, most people adhered to a particular style of decorating. And while a strict sense of style remains popular for some, more often than not you’ll find more versatility in design style these days. Still, an overall theme will typically prevail. Keep it similar or mix it up. It’s up to you. Read on for some generalities in design style. And as you do, dream a bit about some changes you’d like to make to your home’s decor and then stop by Connells for great furniture, value and customer service you’ve always come to expect. From big pieces like sofas, loveseats and sectionals, to small items like table tops, lamps and artwork; we’ve got you covered.

Traditional. This style borrows from 18th century England. Wood finishes are typically in darker colors like cherry and oak. Deep, rich hues, along with beautiful, and sometimes formal texture prevail. You might find the pairing of a small print on a pillow with a floral patterned sofa in this style. You would also generally find a large mix of highly polished pieces in a traditional style room. Textures are typically both dull and shiny to provide variation and appeal.  Details are key in woodworking and on fabrics. You might see tassels and fringes in this style of decorating.

Modern/Contemporary. Sleek, straight lines with very little additional pieces in the room beyond the actual furniture denotes a modern or contemporary design style. Most furniture sits lower to the ground and the colors are often neutral. The most popular wall color is white or off white and color is sometimes used in various places within the room for a dramatic affect.

Transitional. This style marries traditional and contemporary furniture and accents into a blend of timeless classics. Lines are simple yet sophisticated and can be straight or rounded, or a mix of both. The background color is often soft or muted, allowing for accent pieces to give the room some “pop” and pizazz.

Country. In a country style home decor, you’ll find finished and unfinished pieces, baskets, quilts and folk art. You might find a mix of gingham and floral patterns on sofas, chairs, pillows and throws. The feel is “homey” and “lived in.” Antiques, chalkboards and an apple pie scented candle would complete the look and feel. A type of country design may include Americana themed accents in red, white and blue. Barn stars and other simple American symbols or words like faith, hope and love, along with grapevine wreaths and trees are still popular.

Cottage. This style is comfy, cozy and lived in. Cottage is typically associated with white picket fences and old-style shutters on the windows. Browse a Pottery Barn catalog and you’ll really get a feel. Colors are muted, understated or white. Fabrics are soft and comfortable with dashes of texture all around. It has farmhouse appeal with rustic elements, warm woods and rich tones throughout.

These are just a few design styles. There are many more to choose from: eclectic, shabby chic, French country, art-deco, global chic, old world, bohemian chic and more. The key is to go with your instinct and do what feels right for you, your style, preferences and the way you live.

Friday, September 11, 2009

What do a fireman and a motorcycle mechanic know about decorating your home?

My dad, Don, started selling used furniture in downtown Mount Vernon in 1957, he was a full-time fireman and part-time janitor just trying to make ends meet for his family.  Later my mom, Helen, brought her intuitive sense of interior decorating and flair for fashion to the company.  I started my career at Connell’s after graduating from college in 1976.

Then came the motorcycle mechanic…Curt…my son.  After going to a motorcycle mechanic’s school Curt decided to join us in the family business.  His mission was to bring our company into the 21st century.  Today we have state of the art technology that saves you time and money.  Heck, this web site was his “brain child.”  Now you can shop online or view 1000’s of pieces of furniture from your home at your convenience.

You gotta love savvy young “out-of-the-box” thinkers like Curt…I know I do.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Not all sofas are created equal…

I know, I know…you walk into a furniture store and look over a sea of sofas trying to find on that catches your eye.  After setting on nearly every sofa in the store you settle on two.  One is $499 and the other is $999.  You ask yourself…”why is this one only $499 and the other one kinda looks the same but it’s twice as much”.  Does that mean the $499 sofa is as good as the $999 sofa only it’s half the price?

Looks can be deceiving (remember your mom telling you that) at any price when it comes to buying a sofa.  Unfortunately, you can’t see what’s inside either sofa so it’s difficult to know what you’re buying.  The quality of these two sofas can differ as much as men and women do.

I think one of the best ways to judge the value of a sofa is what I call the $100 rule. On average for every $100 you spend on a sofa you should expect a year usage.  So, if you buy a $499 sofa you should expect it to last around 5 years and if you buy a $999 sofa you should expect it to last around 10 years…genius huh?  So, if you don’t mind replacing your sofa every five years or so you might want to buy the cheaper one and spend the extra money on lamps or end tables.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sorry lady. You bought it…you keep it!

"Uh...that's not what I had in mind"

Trying to return furniture that you don’t like isn’t as easy as retuning a sweater you just bought at your local department store.  Beware of the dreaded “restocking fee”. Simply put, if you are not happy with that new sofa you just bought most furniture stores will charge you a hefty fee to return is.  This can range for 10% to as much as 50% depending on each store’s return policy.  And heaven help you if you try to return a SPECIAL ORDER…most stores treat it like toxic waste…you bought it…you keep it.

Check out our return policy.  We call it “No Oops”.  If you’re not happy with the new furniture you bought from us we’ll take it back…no questions asked.  So before you buy that new sofa that looked smaller in the store then when you got it home ask to see the store’s return policy.  It can save you lots of money and loads of heart ache.

Monday, October 5, 2009

“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed…”

Remember when you used to be able to fall asleep on the floor at your friend’s slumber party?  Or when you used to stay out half the night and get up after two hours of sleep and go to work?  Well, if you’re like me, you’re older and wiser (I’m just older).  Life’s little aches and pains begin to take their toll and the only way to rejuvenate those tired old muscles is to get a good night’s sleep.  And it all starts with a good mattress.  Let’s face it, you spend one third of your life in bed and most people get up feeling like we just wrestled a bear (and I don’t mean your spouse).

Here are some tips that will help you when you buy your next mattress.

Budget

Spend half as much on a good bed as you would your wife’s engagement ring. Uh oh, some of you guys are getting a little nervous right now, let me explain.  Most young men ready to pop the question will spend about two month’s salary on the love of their life.  I recommend you spend around one month’s salary on a good bed.  You should expect at least ten years of usage when you buy a high quality mattress…wow, that’s over 29,000 hours you’re going to be sleeping on that bed!  One rule of thumb is (man, now I’m beginning to sound like my grandpa) the more you spend…the better you’ll feel each morning. That’s why people rave about the beds at most 5 star hotels…they don’t buy cheap mattresses!

Size

Buy the biggest bed your budget and your room will allow.  I’ve never talked to a customer yet that said “my bed is too big”.  Twin size (39″x74″) and full size (48″x74″) beds are great for singles while queen size (60″x80″) and king size (78″x80″) beds are highly recommended for two.  Most customers tell us they need more room to spread out and get comfortable.  Let’s face it, we all get a little “wider” the older we get.  We need our space.

Firmness

This truly is a matter of personal choice.  Some people like sleeping on beds that are hard as a rock while others like pillow soft beds.  Mattresses with multiple layers of foam, cotton, and heavy gauge coils deliver a lot of comfort for the buck.  But, consider a high quality memory foammattress.  These beds offer a unique combination of good comfort and great support.  We highly recommend Tempur-pedic brand.

Remember, buying a good mattress is like buying a good pair of shoes…at the end of a long day you never regret your decision.  Cheap shoes hurt your feet and cheap beds kill your back.  Poor sleep can lead to all kinds of long term health problems a well as just make you “grumpier”…ladies, you know what I’m talking about don’t you.  Sleep well.